Humidity control systems add or remove moisture from indoor air to provide comfort and keep the humidity in the right range.
Humidity Control Is Important Because It
- Provides optimal thermal comfort for residents
- Removes excess moisture from the air to prevent mold and mildew
- Uses a lot of energy
It is recommended that the humidity range stay between 30 and 60 percent. Depending on the climate you live in and the temperature, setting the relative humidity may vary. High levels of humidity can contribute to mold and mildew inside the home. Mold thrives in humid climates and can be the cause of a variety of diseases. For people suffering from allergies, asthma and other respiratory diseases, humidity should not exceed 50 percent because symptoms might increase.
An air conditioner does remove some of the moisture from the air as it is cooling but it is not the main function of the unit. If there is not enough humidity in the air or lack of moisture then symptoms like dry nose and throat, dry skin and a higher chance of catching a cold. Use a humidifier to increase the moisture in the air.
On the other hand, if you have too much humidity in the air; mold, mildew, fungi and insects can consume your home. This is not good for the health of people living in the home and can eventually cause your home to rot. A dehumidifier is a less expensive way to eliminate some of the excess moisture inside. Exhaust fans in areas of high humidity will help to decrease the humidity.
Stay Within the Recommended Humidity Range and Your Home Will Benefit By
- Fewer bacteria and viruses
- Fewer bugs
- Fewer toxins
- Decreased chance of mold and mildew
- Healthier self
- Decreased chance of damaged furniture
- Reduced risk of allergies
- Lower energy costs